Articles by J. Hudson

About J. Hudson

Joe Hudson is a co-founder of HuskerMax. He launched a predecessor website in 1995 as a hobby during his 35-year career as a newspaper editor/writer. His Nebraska football fandom began in the mid-1960s when he was in elementary school in Omaha.  | Email

1922 Huskers’ brawn beats Notre Dame’s finesse

3/19/20 | J. Hudson
4th-quarter sack halts Irish uprising in last game at Nebraska FieldAs the fourth quarter began, it was gut-check time at Nebraska Field. Nebraska had run roughshod over Notre Dame during the first 30 minutes of play, but that was a distant memory. The 1922 Cornhuskers were now hanging on for dear life. STORY STATS NOTES JACK BEST Verne Lewellen charges…

1918: War, influenza and football

3/16/20 | J. Hudson
A timeline of the 1918 Nebraska Cornhuskers' season and the challenges caused by war and pandemic.• Back: Cypreanson, Hoyt, Dana, M. Munn, Ross, Schissler. • Middle: Kline, Jobes, Lantz, Reynolds, Dobson, Lanphere. • Front: Lyman, W. Munn, Schellenberg, Swanson, Hubka, Howarth, Newman, Best.  Running a college football program during a major war is a challenge enough. Calls to military duty…

Best of the Decade: All-2010s teams & top plays

12/31/19 | J. Hudson
Nebraska media outlets are weighing in with their own 2010s retrospectives, all-decade teams and more. We are compiling them on this page to complement our own decade reviews.     All-decade team HuskerMax has blended five publications' all-decade Nebraska teams into a composite 2010s squad. The teams were selected by The Athletic,* HuskerOnline (1, 2), the Omaha World-Herald (1, 2),*…

Best of the Decade: Team records

12/26/19 | J. Hudson
Record-best team accomplishments were a scarce commodity for Nebraska football in the 2010s. As noted in the previous segment, dozens of individual records were set. But safely out of reach for another decade were team records like the 1983 offense's 401.7 rushing yards per game and the 1967 defense's per-game average of 67.5 rushing yards allowed. Besides some record-setting comebacks,…

Best of the Decade: Individual record-setters

12/24/19 | J. Hudson
The Nebraska record book required frequent updates during the 2010s. Even as losses outnumbered wins in the decade's latter half, players were posting chart-topping numbers. In all, more than two dozen Huskers hold records for feats that occurred during the decade and/or for career totals that included at least one season in the 2010s. We'll start with these six who…

Best of the Decade: Claims to fame

12/16/19 | J. Hudson
Hall of Fame material? The Huskers had some during the 2010s. It became more and more rare as the decade went on, but three dozen Huskers earned honors that someday could land them in the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame. The threshold for HOF consideration: All-America or first/second team All-Big 12/Big Ten status. Ten of the 36 players earned first-,…

Best/Worst of the Decade: The blown leads

12/12/19 | J. Hudson
A dark cloud makes a brief visit today to our Best of the Decade series. As Monday's installment showed, the Huskers pulled off big comeback wins with exceptional frequency during the 2010s. But it's our duty to point out that the decade of the come-from-behind win was also the decade of the blown lead for Nebraska football. Seven times during…

Best of the Decade: The comebacks

12/9/19 | J. Hudson
Don't leave early. Don't even think about it. That's one thing the 2010s taught Huskers fans. It was the decade of the come-from-behind win for Nebraska football. Of the program's 31 known victories from a dozen or more points behind, 11 happened in the 2010-2019 seasons. That's almost quadruple the average rate of the previous seven decades. Embed from Getty…

Best of the Decade: Wins against ranked teams

12/5/19 | J. Hudson
The Huskers' 58.1% winning percentage in the 2010s was the third-lowest in program history, but there was still plenty to cheer about. Here we look back on Nebraska's nine victories over AP-ranked teams (based on gameday or final AP rankings). That was down from 12 in the previous decade. Gameday Final Date Opponent Score AP rank AP rank NU/Opp NU/Opp…

The lost spring games: 1922-29

3/21/19 | J. Hudson
We now know the first Nebraska football spring game probably occurred in 1922. But what about the subsequent years leading up to 1950, when the university's official recognition of spring games begins? Depending on one's criteria, there were spring games in as many as 22 of the 28 seasons from 1922 to 1949. Our year-by-year rundown started with the 1940s…

The lost spring games: 1930-39

3/20/19 | J. Hudson
We now know the first Nebraska football spring game probably occurred in 1922. But what about the subsequent years leading up to 1950, when the university's official recognition of spring games begins? Depending on one's criteria, there were spring games in as many as 22 of the 28 seasons from 1922 to 1949. Our year-by-year rundown started with the 1940s.…

The lost spring games: 1940-49

3/19/19 | J. Hudson
We now know the first Nebraska football spring game probably occurred in 1922. But what about the subsequent years leading up to 1950, when the university's official recognition of spring games begins? Depending on one's criteria, there were spring games in as many as 22 of the 28 seasons from 1922 to 1949. Our year-by-year rundown starts with the 1940s.…

1906 spring game? Yes and no

3/10/19 | J. Hudson
There’s no denying that Doane and Nebraska tangled on the gridiron in Lincoln on April 28, 1906, but this game had a purpose unlike any of the others we now call spring games. A sea change in football was just getting under way. The game had come under siege because of frequent deaths and gruesome injuries. In late 1905, Theodore Roosevelt…

Spring games: Busting a myth

2/20/19 | J. Hudson
Yes, Virginia, there were Nebraska football spring games before 1950. Long before. The university's official records list the 1950 Varsity-Alumni showdown as the first spring game. But the truth is that Husker spring games were being played before those midcentury Varsity men were born. As far back as the early 1920s, spring practices ended with an intra-squad game that fans…